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Styling a Next outfit for a blogger event – autumn fashion

styling a Next autumn outfit

I am so nervous about this event, but I equally don’t want to miss out, so I’ve swallowed the £55 train ticket to London (yes, that’s right – £55 to get in and out of London off peak) as I’ve been invited to a Next Blogger Network event in Shoreditch. Social anxiety aside, I am looking forward to it, but as you might expect from me, my outfit had to be planned well in advance…..

Harry Potter outfit idea

Ideally, I’d be wearing clothing bought from Next, and luckily that’s where most of my January sales haul came from, so I had a few items to choose between. We’ll be doing our Next #outfitoftheday Instagram posts, so I thought I’d get mine prepared in advance. (There is no way I’m going to have time on Friday morning to take some decent photos, and as I’ll be on my own in London, I won’t be able to have them there either.)

autumn outfit ideas

Autumn fashion

fall fashion

It was a rare sunny Somerset autumn day on Saturday, so Chris and I headed over to Wells to take these alongside the Bishop’s Palace. Nearly ten years we’ve been living here, but I’ve never taken a stroll along this footpath, which is a shame as it was so pretty. It’s not too late to discover a place perfect for picnics and fashion blog locations though!

autumn fashion from Next

The blush pink blouse is gorgeous – slightly sheer, so I wore it with a skin-coloured vest underneath – and has a wide ruffle around the neckline, which reminds me of the circus! (I love anything about the circus, so this is perfectly fine with me!) It also has really pretty bell sleeves with pleated cuffs. Unfortunately it was a little too chilly to take off the cardigan for long, but take a look at this spring outfit post where you can see it better so you’ll see what I mean! I bought it in the Next January sale, so probably isn’t available any more, but I’ve found some similar for you at the bottom of the page.

Blush pink ruffle top

The same goes for the Next maroon ra-ra skirt. It’s a little shorter than the skirts I usually go for, but it’s so comfy (you can’t see the wide elasticated waistband in these photos) and I’m a sucker for a frill of any kind, so it’s perfect for me!

Next blush pink top

I’ll be honest, I was a little worried that the whole look was a little too schoolgirly, but I’ve convinced myself I can just about get away with it! The Harry Potter cardigan doesn’t help matters, but the sporty style stripes are in fashion, and I kind of want to at least look a little bit on trend at a fashion blogger event! Also the colour grey went well with the rest of the outfit, and the dark red stripe matches the skirt too. The fact that it’s also got the Gryffindor emblem on it might be a conversation starter when I’m in a room full of strangers.

Hot topic Harry potter clothes

I bought the cardigan when I was on holiday in America a few years ago from Hot Topic, so I’m afraid my UK readers will only be able to get it if you pay a fortune in customs costs. With any luck, Primark will do a similar design soon!

Fashion blog

The pearl and crystal necklace is a hand-me-down from my sister and I hope adds a touch of class to the outfit! The boots are from Timberland and were a Christmas present from Chris last year. They’ve been great and if you’ve seen my other style blog posts from earlier in the year, then I’m sorry that you’ve already seen them quite a lot! (I must remember to give them a clean before Friday!)

Autumn style ideas

I’m very happy with the outfit, particularly as the colours are perfect for autumn style. And if I’m confident in my outfit, hopefully I’ll be confident in myself too!

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Similar tops:

Next blush blouse

Vestry Pussy Bow Blouse

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Gryffindor Harry Potter cardigan:

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NB. This actually looks exactly the same as mine. Buy large as I’m size 16 and bought the XL and doesn’t button up without gaping!

Similar skirts:

Similar boots:

I’ve added this last photo later because I was given these amazing tassel earrings in the goodie bag on the day of the event and they just needed to be photographed!

pink tassel earrings

Linking with #iwillwearwhatilike at Not dressed as Lamb.



Style Inspiration,

Other posts you may like:

How to style a simple grey t-shirt
September 26, 2016
You don’t need me to tell you how to style a grey t-shirt – it goes with everything: jeans or any style trousers; any length, colour or design of skirt; or under dungarees or pinafore dresses. However, I do want to suggest that’s it’s a much more flexible than the plain white t-shirt. White doesn’t really suit me anyway – I have fair skin with a cool tone, so white tends to wash me out, whereas grey basically somehow makes me look a bit better! Here’s a couple of outfits with the same t-shirt. They were taken a couple of months apart from each other, and when I picked out the purple skirt, I had totally forgotten the previous outfit also had purple bottoms. Never mind, second to dusky blush pink, purple is my next favourite colour to wear with grey…..
how to transition your wardrobe from summer to autumn
Do you need me to tell you how to transition your wardrobe from summer to autumn / fall?
September 10, 2018
‘How to transition your wardrobe from summer to autumn’ is a typical title for blogs and YouTube videos at this time of year, but really the cynical side of me wonders why? Why on earth do we need someone to tell us how to dress? It’s not rocket science: As the weather gets colder, our clothes get warmer. Right; let’s go home! However, as you probably know by now, I love all things fashion, so I absorb this sort of content all the same. So here’s my take on how to transition your wardrobe from summer to autumn…..



This is a lovely outfit, Helen. I would never have thought of putting that cardigan with the skirt and top but they look gorgeous and beautifully autumnal. Good luck on Friday. I’m sure that it will be a lovely day and that you will shine. It is a lot for the train fare, I agree but it will absolutely be worth it. Have a wonderful day.



Hi Bee; thank you for the lovely comment! Yes, it was worth it as I met lots of interesting people, including Anna from the Anna Edit, and Lily Pebbles; and it was just nice to visit a part of London I’ve never been to before 🙂


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